I'm now having more of a wait-and-see approach for travel. Whenever the Coronavirus is over, I plan to go. It looks like it's starting to clear up, but remains an issue. I may route around Venezuela, if the situation there remains iffy.
There are generally multiple choices in life.
I'd been deciding where to go after the Caribbean islands. Mainly with Latin America. I'd considered Meso-America, Venezuela, and Guyana. Had somewhat settled on Venezuela, in part as there is supposedly a ferry from Trinidad & Tobago (the last part of the string of islands I'd planned to see) to Venezuela.
Venezuela has an unstable political situation. It's looked like it may remain unstable, or become more dictatorial, or fix itself somewhat. As the situation seems to have deteriorated somewhat. I'm now more considering Guyana again. It's right nearby. Would probably be a cheap flight instead of a ferry. It would gain me three small countries (English and French Guyana, Suriname) instead of Venezuela.
I'd wanted to do all four of those countries. From what I've seen, however, even if Venezuela does seem worth going to, it doesn't look like there's a practical method to go from Venezuela to the adjacent Guyana, due to the intervening mountain range. It seems that there's a lack of roads, and a border dispute.
I'm maintaining an open mind. It's probably months or well over a year until I'm ready to leave Trinidad & Tobago, if that's even where I go. So, I'm not making that decision now. We'll see how Venezuela looks when I'm closer. Also, how the transportation options are, how I feel, and any other considerations that aren't even available now.
A lot of what we learn is irrelevant or wrong.
I'm now thinking of defaulting to Guyana/Suriname/Guyane, instead of Venezuela, after Trinidad & Tobago. Open to either route, or any other I choose. A matter of what seems better at the time.
I don't necessarily wanna go into an unstable military dictatorship, where three million people have recently fled.
There may not be electricity or wifi in Venezuela for work, or for an ebike. It may be unsafe. There may not be food or toilet paper.
Not sure that I'd wanna cross the border into Venezuela. Let alone a few times, if I visit some of the offshore islands that belong to other countries.
Also, can go through with some more of the non-Spanish language before spending a while in Spanish-speaking countries. That would give Venezuela a few more years to sort itself out.
I'm excited for maybe going soon to Guyane! :)
I think my decision would be to go to Guyana/Suriname if Venezuela seems unsafe, or to go to Venezuela.
They're advertising reopenings. I'm speculating vaguely that maybe around August? I've been wrong so many times before.
Maybe I'll do the Guyanas after the island Caribbean. Would remain within the Caribbean, which I guess Venezuela would too. May make it easier to see all the countries of South America, which I can probably do anyways (and which I want to do). I think either way would probably work about as well. Often there are competing options that can each work out. We'll see! :)
Instead of worry or angry, hurry! Find practical alternatives! :)
Do you want to go to the middle of nowhere (Guyanas), or the middle of a failed socialist state (Venezuela)? I'm leaning Guyanas.
Travel is like being a kid again.
Science is like being a kid again.
Dreaming or using drugs (altering your state of consciousness) is like being a kid again.
Everything seems so new!
Going to Guyana instead of Venezuela is like clicking with the trackpad instead of the button.
Probably figuring out bank cards is comparable, too.
Conserved mentality: As we have some genes conserved for e.g. digestion/metabolism, we should also have some genes conserved for mentality. E.g. liking potatoes same as an australopithecine (ape-man) would like yams or whatever.
It's funny to see on the French products that they have (in the French Caribbean) the proudly made in France signs. I guess each country feels defensive/proud of its nationality.
Some of the restrictions in different countries seem increasingly quaint in this age of globalization. It no longer matters as much which country you're in, but I guess the laws and habits remain.
Going through my planning notes for leaving Guadeloupe, which I haven't done several months later, it seems kind of funny how excitedly I had planned to leave soon. Now I'm asking myself whether it'll even be this year!
I think it doesn’t matter too much exactly when I leave. I'm confident it'll be fine anyways. In the meantime, I've had a chance to do some work, take care of even a few more long-term chores, and adjust my plans. It may work out even better to have this extension.
I got into a "work camp" mentality while waiting out the Coronavirus. There isn't that much of interest in this location that I'd wanted to do other than work. Now it seems again like things may be reopening? Also my work situation adjusted (several times, but again recently) such that I'm now in moderate rather than heavy work mode. Feels somewhat like returning to travel mode, but different than before. Also, with remaining uncertainty over whether this is another false alarm, or whether Coronavirus is finishing.
Heavy weather. Sleeping, working. Wouldn't travel much anyways.
Even a year or so after arriving, finding new products. I guess with access to the European and Caribbean markets, I shouldn't be too surprised that there are so many products available.
Things often go surprisingly, no surprise there. :)
Go ahead!!!!! :)